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Sup’Air Eiko, EN B

Sup’Air Eiko, EN B

Charlie King tries out the Annecy manufacturer’s first mountain wing For anyone with a decent launchable hill nearby, autumn is a great season for hike-and-fly. For those who are that way inclined, there is not much to beat a dark early start on a cool or crisp morning; crunching through frosty leaf mulch in the […]

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Triple Seven Rook 2, EN B

Triple Seven Rook 2, EN B

Marcus King tries out Triple Seven’s new EN B sports wing The Valic brothers’ first wing for Triple Seven was a complete hit. With good handling and stunning performance, the Rook dominated the podiums of not just EN-B class events but sports competitions too. I reviewed the wing in issue 142 and found “a mile-munching […]

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Red Bull X-Alps 2015: Full film (28mins)

Red Bull X-Alps 2015: Full film (28mins)

The Red Bull X-Alps 2015 saw fierce competition, tough weather conditions and athletes pushing themselves to the limit to make it to the cool waters of Monaco. Relive the race with ‘The Documentary’.

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Cross Country 167: What’s in the latest issue

Cross Country 167: What’s in the latest issue

The latest issue of Cross Country magazine is out now – and features everything from flying at the World Air Games in Dubai to getting high as a kite in the Himalaya. The World Air Games in Dubai in December was one of the biggest airsport competitions ever held. We were there and bring you all […]

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Tributes paid to Flying Frenchies star Tancrede Melet

Tributes paid to Flying Frenchies star Tancrede Melet

Tancrede Melet, who died last week in a ballooning accident, will be remembered by friends and family on Sunday 10 January 2016 at 3pm French time. A Facebook post on the Flying Frenchies Facebook page explained: The family and relatives of Tancred thank you for your messages of support. We invite you all to pay […]

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‘What holds women back…’ Kirsten Seeto takes aim

‘What holds women back…’ Kirsten Seeto takes aim

Kirsten Seeto has written a thought-provoking piece on why she thinks women’s classes in paragliding competition are counter-productive. It’s a great read (plus she wins an award for Best Headline of the Year So Far…) “The single biggest factor that I think is holding women back from performing better is having a Womens Class. There — I […]

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Podcast: Aaron Durogati and training to win

Podcast: Aaron Durogati and training to win

Gavin McClurg interviews Aaron Durogati in this Cloudbase Mayhem podcast from December. A Red Bull athlete, the “Italian Stallion” is making a good living in the sport of paragliding and in this episode we dig into how he does it. From learning how to fly at the tender age of 15 we find out how […]

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Million-dollar campaign to save free-flight in the USA

Million-dollar campaign to save free-flight in the USA

The United States Hang Gliding and Paragliding Association needs to raise almost a million dollars by March to keep free-flying free in the USA. “This issue affects every hang glider and paraglider pilot flying in the US, and requires all of us to contribute what we can. The insurance landscape has changed dramatically, forcing USHPA […]

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Paramotoring in the USA: Navajo road trip

Paramotoring in the USA: Navajo road trip

Eighty pilots head out on a paramotoring road trip through Arizona and the USA. “With a perfect weather, we flew in Lake Pleasant, Rimrock, Cottonwood, Sedona, Flagstaff, Window Rock, Monument Valley, Lake Powell and Grand Canyon.”

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World record 367.6km task set at Forbes HG Championships

World record 367.6km task set at Forbes HG Championships

The longest task in hang gliding or paragliding history was flown at the Forbes Hang Gliding Championships in Australia on Thursday. An amazing 26 pilots made goal after the 367.6km task. Jonny Durand (Moyes RX 3.5) smoked in first, completing the task in 5h41mins, six and seven minutes respectively ahead of Rohan Taylor (Moyes RS […]

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Horacio and Theo win Acro Synchro at World Air Games

Horacio and Theo win Acro Synchro at World Air Games

“It’s more like dancing in the sky…” Horacio Llorens and Theo de Blic won Gold in the Paragliding Synchro Aerobatics at the FAI World Air Games in Dubai.

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The Raft Catchers: Hooking up with the acro guys

The Raft Catchers: Hooking up with the acro guys

Same, same but different. The most important job in acro paragliding is that of The Pilot Catcher.Ant Green spent the afternoon on the raft during the World Air Games in Dubai to see how it’s done.

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Acro solo at the World Air Games in Dubai

Acro solo at the World Air Games in Dubai

“This is the first competition where we have only the top pilots.” The solo paragliding aerobatics at the FAI World Air Games 2015 in Dubai. Featuring Tim Alongi (FRA), Horacio Llorens (ESP) and Eliot Nochez (FRA)

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Marie Liepmann at the World Air Games in Dubai

Marie Liepmann at the World Air Games in Dubai

“I’m 24-years old and paramotoring is my hobby.” Marie Liepmann from France was first woman in paramotoring in the FAI World Air Games in Dubai in December

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Alaskan Airdrop: Paramotoring in the Alaskan Backcountry

Alaskan Airdrop: Paramotoring in the Alaskan Backcountry

Join Xavier De Le Rue, Ralph Backstrom, and Sam Anthamatten as they journey to Alaska to attempt a new way to get up and down the fresh snow covered mountains.

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Icaro Parus tandem paraglider

Icaro Parus tandem paraglider

The Parus is Icaro’s new tandem paraglider, a “stable and easy” tandem with a high degree of passive safety, certified EN B. It’s built using modern techniques, including a sharknose profile, and lightweight materials with very striking looks, its colourful design being taken from the heart of their Edelweiss logo. There is a choice of three bright […]

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Win a Paraglider: 2016 Subscribers’ Draw

Win a Paraglider: 2016 Subscribers’ Draw

This draw is now closed If you could choose any new paraglider for the 2016 season, what would you go for? Maybe you should start thinking, because you could win your dream glider, harness, flying computer and much more in the Cross Country Magazine 2016 Subscribers Draw. It’s Cross Country’s way of saying a big […]

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Mentor 4 and Omega X-Alps

Mentor 4 and Omega X-Alps

Hugh Miller reviews Advance’s Omega X-Alps and the Nova Mentor 4 Light Many pilots are naturally suspicious of lightweight gliders and their tissue-like cloth. Worries about leaving an expensive new wing torn into ribbons on some far-flung rocky launch mean five out of six of us still give them a swerve, going for standard gliders. […]

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Skywalk Cayenne 5, EN C

Skywalk Cayenne 5, EN C

Pat Dower discovers an agile climber and seductive performer at the top of the C class Finding the sweet-spot in paragliding design is both art and science, and I was a little sceptical when I read Skywalk’s introduction to their new EN C wing. “We intentionally made the Cayenne 5 more of a comp wing […]

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UP Makalu 4 – EN B

UP Makalu 4 – EN B

UP are releasing the new EN B Makalu 4 for the 2016 season. As the Makalu 3 was before it, UP say the Makalu 4 is an accessible and friendly EN B wing, ideal for newly qualified pilots to progress on, but faster and better performing than the 3. It has a new planform with a slightly higher […]

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